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Sony Alpha A850 + 28-75mm Lens Kit

Next cheapest is £2059.99
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* Dimensions (Approx.) : (WHD) 6-1/8" x 4-5/8" x 3-1/4" (156.3 x 116.9 x 81.9mm) (excl. protrusions)
* Weight (Approx.) : Approx. 1lb-14oz (850g) without battery, memory card, accessories
* Diopter Adjustment : -1m -1
* Eye relief : Approx. 20 mm from the eyepiece
* Field of View : 98%
* Focusing Screen : Spherical Acute Matte Screen
* Magnification : 0.74x (with 50mm lens at infinity)
* Type : Fixed eye-level system with optical glass pentaprism
* Camera Type : Sony Alpha Digital 35mm SLR full-frame camera w/ pentaprism viewfinder and inter-changeable lenses
* Color Filter System : RGB primary color filters
* Effective Picture Resolution : Approx. 24.6 megapixels
* Imaging Sensor : 35mm Full-frame Exmor? CMOS sensor
* Lens Mount Type : Sony Alpha lens, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lens
* Pixel Gross : Approx. 25.7 megapixels.

Packed with innovative features to get the best shot, the rugged Sony A850 DSLR camera features a 35mm full frame 24.6 megapixel Exmor CMOS image sensor that provides a larger capture area, improved wide angle performance, and tighter depth of field control. The A850 also incorporates SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilizer which actually shifts the image sensor to compensate for camera shake without sacrificing image quality. Additional features include Dual BIONZ imaging processors for continuous shooting at up to 3 fps, an ultra-bright glass pentaprism viewfinder, 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD display and HDMI output.
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#1
Astonishing amount of money for a Sony digital camera, regardless of the saving. Would much sooner spend £650 on a Canon EOS 50D and then get a decent fixed focal length lens.
#2
you'd get change for a 50d + lens, £1699 is body price for a 5D MKII
or if you really need a lens then 7d plus lens will come in under this price.
I'm not sure about the equiv Nikons et al

I'm not a canon fanboy per se, just that i've had a 400d for quite sometime and just upgraded to a 7d myself - if you do end up getting multiple lenses then because the sony has inbuilt IS (or OS) then maybe you'll save on lenses over time ?

so long story short, shop around and check out the reviews on the likes of http://www.dpreview.com/

i'm not voting hot or cold either way and will happily sit on the fence.
#3
Good price, this is meant to be Sony's competitor to the 5D mkII and is a full frame DSLR. (That said, I'm quite happy with my old A300). I used to have a Nikon but I do like my Sony camera. I do get a few funny looks because it's not a Nikon or Canon, but there are other camera makes out there (You wouldn't want to stick with either Ford or Vauxhall for a car would you?). I have quite a few old Minolta lenses that just work with no adapter needed and auto-focus is retained (unlike a few Nikon or Canon lenses).

That said, I bought a Sony lens from RGB and whilst the price and speed of delivery were great, I was a bit disappointed to find the lens was not boxed. It was definitely new the lens I bought I suspect had been taken out of a kit at some stage. I'd recommend asking them first...

BTW - I'd highly recommend http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk if you are buying any camera kit.
#4
jads
Good price, this is meant to be Sony's competitor to the 5D mkII and is a full frame DSLR.


Meant to, yes. They don't though. Save a few big-boy features the amount of noise this pumps out even at 400-800 ISOs is ridiculous.

I know people always get a bit miffed when the Nikon/Canon crew rock into these threads but the simple truth is while this might be the cheapest A850 available in the universe (it might not), Nikon and Canon have better kits available at lower prices, making them better, hotter deals.

Bah. I'm beyond caring now. Go and buy one. It's your money to chuck at this. Just don't come crying to me when all your images are more noise than image.
#5
Most people who have this sort of money to spend tend to buy into a system which probably has better lenses ie Canon or Nikon. Both these brands have a more extensive selection of quality lenses which would compliment the body better than the offerings from Sony. Having said that if you already have Sony lenses and wish to upgrade to full frame then this looks pretty good - go for it.

At the end of the day a good photographer will end up taking better pictures with a low end DSLR than an average photographer with top notch kit - it sounds cliche but it's very true. Spend the time improving your technique rather than blowing £1700 on a new body.

I've bought into Canon a while ago but Nikon would provide you with a D300s + lens for this price or a Canon 7D + lens, both are cropped sensors but probably provide the user with better performing hardware.
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garibaldi
Most people who have this sort of money to spend tend to buy into a system which probably has better lenses ie Canon or Nikon. Both these brands have a more extensive selection of quality lenses which would compliment the body better than the offerings from Sony.


Words from the wise? - I think not !

Worth pointing out that all old AF mount lenses from Minolta fit the Sony DSLR's, and utilise the camera's on-board IS.

Chipped adaptors can also be used to mount Carl Zeiss M42 lenses on the alpha cameras.
Ignorance is bliss...............:whistling:
#7
J9STL
Words from the wise? - I think not !

Worth pointing out that all old AF mount lenses from Minolta fit the Sony DSLR's, and utilise the camera's on-board IS.

Chipped adaptors can also be used to mount Carl Zeiss M42 lenses on the alpha cameras.
Ignorance is bliss...............:whistling:


I would love to see your snaps from your chipped adapter. Or perhaps I wouldn't.
#8
garibaldi
Most people who have this sort of money to spend tend to buy into a system which probably has better lenses ie Canon or Nikon. Both these brands have a more extensive selection of quality lenses which would compliment the body better than the offerings from Sony. Having said that if you already have Sony lenses and wish to upgrade to full frame then this looks pretty good - go for it.

At the end of the day a good photographer will end up taking better pictures with a low end DSLR than an average photographer with top notch kit - it sounds cliche but it's very true. Spend the time improving your technique rather than blowing £1700 on a new body.

I've bought into Canon a while ago but Nikon would provide you with a D300s + lens for this price or a Canon 7D + lens, both are cropped sensors but probably provide the user with better performing hardware.


Makes perfect sense to me, well put

J9STL
Words from the wise? - I think not !

Worth pointing out that all old AF mount lenses from Minolta fit the Sony DSLR's, and utilise the camera's on-board IS.

Chipped adaptors can also be used to mount Carl Zeiss M42 lenses on the alpha cameras.
Ignorance is bliss...............:whistling:


I think you'll find, even if you include older Minolta AF lenses, that Canons EF lens lineup easily has a wider range of quality glass

The EF range also has the added advantage that every single EF lens ever produced (132 different lenses and counting ) will function 100% on any EOS body

Ignorance is bliss indeed, you are aware that both Canon and Nikon DSLR's are also able to make use of the majority of Carl Zeiss M42 glass

It's certainly not something unique to Sony, as you mistakenly make it out to be
#9
kiwikeen
Makes perfect sense to me, well put



I think you'll find, even if you include older Minolta AF lenses, that Canons EF lens lineup easily has a wider range of quality glass

The EF range also has the added advantage that every single EF lens ever produced (132 different lenses and counting ) will function 100% on any EOS body

Ignorance is bliss indeed, you are aware that both Canon and Nikon DSLR's are also able to make use of the majority of Carl Zeiss M42 glass

It's certainly not something unique to Sony, as you mistakenly make it out to be



Thanks KIWIKEEN for the comment. I was lucky enough to borrow a Carl Zeiss lens a long time ago, unfortunately it was when I owned an old Canon film SLR. Very nice.

J9STL: I wasn't being provocative I was just pointing out that Nikon and Canon have a greater selection of glass and accessories for those who get bitten by the photography bug. Shame you felt you had to respond in the way you did.
#10
@ Kiwikeen, you win, this list for Sony alpha compats only shows 131 lenses.........
http://www.mhohner.de/sony-minolta/lenses.php?ov=1#zooms
I am aware M42 lenses can be mounted on other makes, although I do recall some infinty focus problems on some Nikons.
@garibaldi, the list above shows that there is a decent amount of glass out there for Sony's, not as far behind Canon as you inferred.
#11
Did a little more research on the camera which may help others decide. This is quite a good value full frame camera. In fact it's probably the most affordable (cheapest full frame on the market). One of the advantages of full frame that many see is the reduced depth of field at the same aperture so the images appear to "pop" a little more easily. Although the disadvantage is you have to take care with focussing accuracy.

You can print probably up to A2 sized printed with this amount of pixels (pretty impressive)
ISO range and performance is not leading edge but pretty good.
Only one cross type focus point (more accurate as it measures for both horizontal and vertical contrast) ie it captures the focus more reliably. Most cameras at this price range and cheaper have all their focus points cross type.
Frame rate is a little slow if your are expecting to use it for sports at 3fps but ample for landscapes and for those who don't shoot 15 fames and hope to capture a good one!
No live view - but that's of debatable value - some love it some never use it.
Good IFS built into the camera at 4 stops.
Overall a really good camera but technically not considered by the experts as good as the Canon 5D II (but much cheaper). So as I said if you have other equipment that will fit, this is a very good camera and a very good deal.

Hope that helps a little.
#12
J9STL
@ Kiwikeen, you win, this list for Sony alpha compats only shows 131 lenses.........
http://www.mhohner.de/sony-minolta/lenses.php?ov=1#zooms
I am aware M42 lenses can be mounted on other makes, although I do recall some infinty focus problems on some Nikons.
@garibaldi, the list above shows that there is a decent amount of glass out there for Sony's, not as far behind Canon as you inferred.


You're right there is plenty of glass out there. In fact I would agree that this would satisfy most photographers. Thanks for pointing that out.

I normally like to not follow the crowd but on photography I bought into the Canon system quite a while ago when I had very little money and was offered some cheap Canon kit. I love photography more than I love the kit but it helps to understand the kit so you can buy on an informed basis. It is so expensive to move from one system to another and to be honest it wouldn't change my love of photography or my pictures.
#13
Sony 900 was cheaper on here a few months back.

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